consists of an analysis of one of four historical documents: 1) Woodrow Wilson's
14 Points and the League of Nations debate, pp.343-353,64-67.412-429, 590-605:
2) Russel Conwell's
speech Acres of Diamonds, pp. 19-63; 3) Stephen Crane's
novel, Maggie, A Girl of the Streets, pp. 39-103; and 4) W.E.B.
DuBois and Charlotte Forten,
the Freedmen, pp. 252-261, 129-37. The objective of the assignment is to
demonstrate an analytical understanding of the document, the people who wrote
and read them, and their society .
A thorough reading
of all four should narrow your interests to one document.
I recommend reading that one several times accompanied by underlining or note
taking on the most significant points.
done that, ask yourself a series of questions about the document:
how does it show the personality, the assumptions, and the values or
biases of the author?
Is there an
attempt to persuade the reader and, if so, what means or tools are used to
arguments and the evidence marshaled in their behalf.
Are the arguments persuasive or can you find holes in the logic of the
nature of the evidence?
What is the
author attempting to accomplish in writing: i.e. what is his/her purpose?
Does the evidence and logic show a pattern of thinking fundamentally
different from a current day perspective, or are the two points of view (then
and now) similar?
Do not treat the
documents as something to be affirmed or denied, accurate or false, good or
Treat them as reflections of
a way of thinking and of an age which you are attempting to comprehend on its
These questions are
suggested merely to get your thinking process started; they are not to be
construed as a literal outline.
all, do not write a summary, and by that I mean simple paraphrasing of the
author's main points.
A summary is
no substitute for your own thinking.
must consult at least two sources from the list of library reference sources (or
others of your choice) and footnote them in your paper, the style of footnoting
or end noting of your own choice.
remember, this is an analysis paper, not a research paper or a biographical
sketch, so the sources may help you comprehend the author or times but cannot
substitute for your own thinking. When in doubt, return to the text.
Feel free to use Internet sources, but there's a lot of junk
Be prepared to verify
You have the option
of handing in a first draft by no later than 4p.m. on Friday, March 9.
If you decide to do a first draft, you will have it returned with a
tentative grade and suggestions for improving the manuscript.
You have a week from the time the paper is returned to make whatever
changes you wish and then resubmit the paper (with first draft attached): if you
are happy with the tentative grade, your assignment is complete.
There is absolutely no room for late papers on first drafts; a late first
draft equals an early final draft. There is also absolutely no room for cheating
or plagiarizing. My tolerance level is reaching zero on this point.
For students who
choose not to write a first draft, the regular due date is
no later than 4 p.m. on
Friday, March 30. All drafts
must be typed(or wordprocessed with 10-12 point type), roughly five pages in
length (about 1200 words) double-spaced, and with reasonable margins(an inch to
I feel free to penalize
work that does not meet specifications, i.e. length, sources, originality,
Make sure you keep a
copy on disc or paper so nothing ever
comes up "missing."